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Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers

An inventory of the papers at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University


Creator: Lowenstein family.
Title: Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers
Dates: 1967-2013
Size: 13 linear feet, 20 boxes
Abstract: Materials relating to Alexander Lowenstein, one of the 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 while returning from studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA), and materials relating to Suse Lowenstein's sculpture Dark Elegy
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Lowenstein, Alexander

Alexander Lowenstein (1967-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. He was one of the 35 Syracuse University students traveling home after a semester abroad. Alexander (also known as Alex or Alexi) was an English major, but hoped to pursue a degree in clinical psychology so he could work in a psychiatric clinic after he graduated. Alex was a brother in the Zeta Psi fraternity at Syracuse University and sat on the Inter-fraternity Council.

"Alexander was very special. His ability to fully enjoy life; to make us laugh; to draw his peers to him; to make us love him," his parents recall. Alex was a water person who loved surfing and scuba diving near his parents' home in Montauk on Long Island. He was survived by his parents Suse and Peter and his brother Lucas.

Suse Lowenstein is an accomplished sculptor; her work Dark Elegy has garnered much acclaim and commentary over the years and has served as a reminder of the evils of terrorism. Dark Elegy consists of 75 individual sculptures depicting women at the moment they learned their loved one had been killed on Pan Am Flight 103. Each figure was sculpted from life. Dark Elegy is dedicated to all victims of terrorism.

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Scope and Content Note

The Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers contain ten series.

The Artwork series contains Alex's artwork and sketches.

Audiovisual materials consist of film and audio recordings that represent Alex's hobbies, interests, and extracurriculars. The video recordings include footage of Alex surfing and spending time at the beach with his family, participating in a competition at his high school, and performing in a theater production called "Park Place." All videos have been converted to DVD. This series also contains Alex's collection of audiocassettes, including original albums and homemade mixtapes.

Clippings contains full newspapers and clippings relating to Alex's life and memorialization, the bombing of Pan Am 103 and the subsequent trials, and terrorism generally. Of special interest may be the clippings from the two years before Alex's death and those related to the Camp Zeist trial in the Netherlands.

The Correspondence series contains Alexander Lowenstein's personal correspondence, condolences, general correspondence files and correspondence with people in Lockerbie. Many of the letters from people in Lockerbie contain photographs as inserts.

The Dark Elegy series documents the sculpture created by Suse Lowenstein. Clippings, correspondence, photographs and writings related to Dark Elegy are located in this series. It also includes information about exhibitions of Dark Elegy.

Personal objects includes items that belonged to Alex. Items recovered from the crash site at Lockerbie are not included in this series.

Photographs and negatives contains digitized photographs from a photo album the Lowenstein family temporarily loaned the Archives, and physical photographs of Alex with his friends and family. Of special interest to researchers may be photographs from his semester studying abroad in 1988, depicting London and trips to Amsterdam, and photographs developed from film found at the crash site.

Subject files contains topical files of general interest, as well as all of Alex's personal materials from the crash site. Many of Alex's personal papers and photographs from fall 1988 are in this series. Additionally, there is a copy of Senate Resolution 727 signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Researchers may also be interested in the maps used to plot locations of victims' bodies as well as Pan Am 103 passenger statistics, including a seating chart for the Boeing 747.

Writings contains Alex's class notebooks, exam books, and papers he wrote as a student at Syracuse University. Writings about Alex or the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster are also housed here.

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Alternative Formats

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing these materials.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers. Related collections include:

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Matthew Cox Papers

Pan Am 103 Publications Collection

Pamela Ray Papers

Dark Elegy Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

London 1988 Image Collection

Remembrance Quilt Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Lowenstein family.
Lowenstein, Alexander.
Lowenstein, Suse.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Associated Titles

Dark Elegy.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of material

Clippings (information artifacts)
Sound recordings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Peter and Suse Lowenstein.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2014
Revision history: Mar 2015 - Stylistic changes (VSOM); Apr 2015 - Access restrictions removed (VSOM); Jun 2016 - New accessions integrated (VSOM); Feb 2018 - Stylistic changes (VSOM); April 2023 - Oversize items reboxed and inventory updated (HVA)

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The Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers are arranged alphabetically by series. Some sections are arranged chronologically.

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Oversize 1 Sketches by Alexander Lowenstein undated
Audiovisual materials
Box 1 Alexander Lowenstein surfing F/V 6001 undated DVD
Box 1 Body Conscious sculpture show by Suse Lowenstein F/V 5961 undated DVD
Box 1 Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams mixtape 1978 audiocassette
Box 1 CripZen: a manual for survival, by Lorenzo Wilson Milam 1993 Audiocassette
Box 1 Cuts like a knife, by Bryan Adams undated audiocassette
Box 1 Elton John greatest hits 1972-1974 audiocassette
Box 1 Graceland and mixed songs undated Audiocassette
Box 1 Livingston speech and Donald Reynolds speech undated microcassette
Box 1 Love, by The Cult 1985 audiocassette
Box 1 Lowenstein family and friends at the beach F/V 6027 undated DVD
Box 1 Mr. Mendham competition [Alexander Lowenstein was a competitor] F/V 6022 undated DVD
Box 1 "Park Place" featuring Alexander Lowenstein F/V 6034 undated DVD
Box 1 Stand by Me original motion picture soundtrack 1986 audiocassette
Box 1 Standing on a Beach, by The Cure 1986 audiocassette
Box 1 Swordfish Trombones, by Tom Waits undated audiocassette
Box 1 Worst of Jefferson Airplane and Seatrain mixtape undated audiocassette
Box 1 Ziggy Marley, Conscious Party and Midnight Oil; Diesel and Dust mixtape 1988 audiocassette
Box 2 General April 1986- October 2005, undated (4 folders)
Box 2 From Germany circa 1988-1989
Box 2 Frontline: the bombing of Pan Am 103 1990
Box 2 Frontline: tracking the Pan Am 103 bombers 1989
Oversize 2 Oversize 1988-2005
Box 2 Trial, Camp Van Zeist, Netherlands 2000-2001
Alexander Lowenstein
Box 3 General 1980-1985 (5 folders)
Box 4 General 1985-1988 (4 folders)
Box 5 General undated (3 folders)
Box 8 Baumeister & Samuels 1991
Box 8 Beth [girlfriend] undated
Box 6 General circa 1988-1989 (4 folders)
Box 7 General circa 1988-1989 (4 folders)
Box 7 Remarks of Joan Barletta on the occassion of the memorial service for Alex Lowenstein 30 December 1988 (4 folders)
Box 3 Lowenstein thank you card circa 1988-1989
Box 8 Consulate General of the United States, Edinburgh, Scotland 1990
Box 8 Cranston High School West theatre program, Cranston, Rhode Island 2 March 2013
Box 8 DeSantis, Mary Allen 1990
Box 8 Ennist, Lauren 1995
Box 8 Fortune, Deirdre circa 1991
Box 8 Government officials 1990, 1996, 2001
Box 8 Heller, Bruce undated
Box 8 Imatron undated
Box 8 Bogie, Donald undated
Box 8 Keegans, Father Patrick 1989, 1996
Box 8 Murray, Stuart undated
Box 8 Stobbs, George and Rita undated
Box 8 Thomson, Henry and Margaret 1991
Box 8 Webster, Jack 2000
Box 8 Wilson, June and Jim 1989-2002
Box 8 McKendric, Gigi 1990
Box 8 Media 1999-2001
Box 8 The Permanent Mission of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations 1997
Box 8 Syracuse University 1989
Box 8 Weiss, Fredda 1997
Box 8 White House 1995
Box 8 Wilkenfeld, Adam 1998
Dark Elegy
Box 9 A broken heart still beats after your child dies, by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel, cover art undated
Box 9 Campaign for permanent home in Washington, DC 2007
Box 9 Clippings 1991-2001, undated
Oversize 2 Clippings circa 1992-1996 oversize
Box 9 Correspondence circa 1989-1994 (3 folders)
Box 9 Douglass College 1997
Oversize 1 Douglass College 1997
Box 9 Others 1991, 1993-1994, 1997
Box 9 Rutgers University 1996
Box 9 Photographs and slides undated
 Dark Elegy at Syracuse University
Oversize 1 Photographs circa 1996
Box 9 Printed materials 1997
Oversize 1 Sketches by Lauren Ennist undated
Box 9 Student comments on Dark Elegy film undated
Box 9 "The Women of Lockerbie," by Deborah Brevoort, program art 2008
Box 9 Writings about Dark Elegy 1996, undated
Box 9 Writings by Suse Lowenstein undated
 Alexander Lowenstein by Suse Lowenstein
 Dark Elegy by Suse Lowenstein
 Letter to the editor from Suse Lowenstein
 Artist's statement by Suse Lowenstein
Personal objects
Box 10 Riding helmet undated
Box 10 Scottish flag undated
Box 10 Surfing figures "Alex" and "Beth" undated
Box 10 Tie clips with letter "A" undated
Box 10 Wallet undated
Box 10 Zeta Psi beer stein 1989
Box 10 Zeta Psi flag undated
Box 10 Zeta Psi sticker undated
Photographs and negatives
Box 11 Album loaned by Suse and Peter Lowenstein circa 1988
 Alex in yellow t-shirt
 Alex at Stonehenge
 Alex in hoodie
 Alex in Jimmy Buffet t-shirt
 Alex in straw hat
 Alex giving flower to friend
 Alex, Rick Monetti and two friends
 Alex and Beth with friends (including Rick Monetti) at Stonehenge
 Alex and Beth with friends (including Rick Monetti)
 Alex and Beth with friends
 Alex and Beth with friends (including Rick Monetti) in field
 Alex and Beth with friends on a stone wall
 Alex and friends at Slough airport
 Alex and Rick Monetti with friends
 Alex and friends with gargoyles
 Alex and Rick Monetti in hunter hats
 Alex, Rick Monetti, Alexia Tsairis, Julianne Kelly and friends
 Lowenstein Family
 Alexander Lowenstein's headstone
 Alexander Lowenstein's memorial plaque on the Memorial Wall in Lockerbie
 Alexander Lowenstein on a rock wall
 Alex in "Alexi" shirt
 Alex in straw hat holding a cat
 Alex Lowenstein portrait in red tie
 Alex with surf board
 Alex in Zeta Psi sweatshirt
 Alex standing by the water with arms raised
 Alex in wetsuit
 Suse Lowenstein with Alex's cairn in Lockerbie, Scotland
 Alex's cairn in Lockerbie, Scotland
 Flowers and stone circle
 Alex Lowenstein in field
Box 11 Alexander Lowenstein summer 1985
Box 11 Alexander Lowenstein and family undated
Box 11 Alexander Lowenstein and friends circa 1985-1987, undated
Box 11 Alexander Lowenstein and Beth [girlfriend] 1987, undated
Box 11 Developed from film found in wreckage circa 1988
Box 11 London and Amsterdam 1988
Box 11 Memorials undated
 Headstone in East Hampton
 Cairn in Lockerbie, Scotland
Box 11 Negatives and contact sheets undated
Box 11 Sports teams undated
Oversize 1 Zeta Psi Fraternity 1986-1987, undated
Printed materials
Box 12 Annual harbor lights gala honoring Suse and Peter Lowenstein 5 August 2006
Box 12 Birth certificate 1967
Box 12 Certificate of achievement from Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences circa 1989
 Certificate of Achievement from College of Arts and Sciences
Box 12 Certifications 1975-1982
Box 12 Congressional Record: Senate Resolution 727 signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton 9 December 2008
 Senate Resolution 727 signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Box 12 Contraband Detection International 9 April 1991
Box 12 Diploma, high school 1985
Box 12 Diploma, middle school 1981
Box 12 Maps, locations of bodies undated
Oversize 1 Map, locations of bodies undated
 Map of Locations of Bodies
Box 12 Mendham Township Middle School 1979-1981
Box 12 Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences convocation program 5 May 1990
Box 12 West Morris Mendham High School 1985
Box 12 Zeta Psi Fraternity circa 1986-1989
Subject files
Alexander Lowenstein
Box 12 Grave plot at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton, New York 1989
Box 12 Inter-fraternity council notes 1987-1988
Box 13 Personal documents 1988, undated
Box 13 Planner 1983, August 1987-August 1988 (2 folders)
Box 13 Anis, Magdy and Fady [attorneys] disciplinary review board 1991
Box 13 Authorizations to conduct criminal proceedings on behalf of others 1992
Box 13 AVSEC international conference 26 October 1993
Box 13 Barringer Instruments, Inc. circa 1991
Box 13 Body identification December 1988
 Body Number 167, Alexander Lowenstein (not graphic)
Box 12 CDI's Security Service Bureau (SSB) 1991
Box 13 Class schedules 1987
Box 13 Donahue syndication list 1 November 1989
Box 13 Eulogies 30 December 1988
Box 13 Estate of Alexander Lowenstein 1991
Box 13 Federal Aviation Administration security bulletin process undated
Found in wreckage
Box 15 Audiocassette pouch undated
Box 14 Journal pages 1988
Box 14 Personal papers 1988, undated
 Tower of London postcard
 British Rail pass
Box 14 Photographs 1988
Box 15 Radio and cassette player undated
Box 15 Sweater undated
Box 15 Underwater camera undated
Box 15 Wallet undated
Box 13 Letter of recommendation for Alex Lowenstein 10 December 1984
Box 13 Memorials 1990
Box 13 Pan Am 103 passenger statistics compiled by Barry J. Flick undated - includes seat assignments
 Pan Am 103 passenger statistics
Box 13 Obituaries December 1988
Box 13 Report cards and grade reports 1979-1988
Box 13 Return of personal property 1989-1990
Box 14 Rubbing from Memorial Wall in Lockerbie, Scotland undated
Box 13 Trial at Camp van Zeist, Netherlands, verdict 31 January 2001
Box 13 United States Mission to the United Nations 1992-1993
Box 13 Warsaw Convention and liability undated
Alexander Lowenstein's writings
Box 16 Exam booklets 1987-1988
Box 16 Essays and papers 1987-1988, undated
Box 16 Poetry undated
Box 17 English 227 undated
Box 17 English 342 1987
Box 17 English 361 1987
Box 17 English 533 1988
Box 17 Geology 102 1988
Box 17 German 201/202 1986
Box 17 Philosophy 212 1986
Box 17 Philosophy 216 undated
Box 18 Philosophy 321 1987
Box 18 Psychology 305 undated
Box 18 Religion 255 1986
Box 18 Religion 291 undated
Box 18 Religion 358 undated
Box 18 Sociology 388 1988
Box 18 Writing 315 undated
Box 16 Article by Suse and Peter Lowenstein undated
Box 16 Poem by JJC 15 July 1989
Box 16 Poetry by Stuart Murray 1989, undated
Box 16 "Evolution of Lockerbie," by Jeff Drown 1990
Box 16 Script for "Fellow Travelers," GELB undated
Box 16 Script for "Victims of Pan Am Flight 103," by Robert Crais for NBC 12 November 1993

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